People magazine recently reported that actor Scott Eastwood, who appears in the hit movie Suicide Squad, lost his girlfriend due to injuries she suffered when her Takata airbag deployed after a car accident. More than 100 million vehicles across the country have been recalled due to faulty airbags, making it the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
An All-Too-Familiar Tragedy
According to the magazine, Eastwood recently told GQ Australia about losing one of his first loves. He didn’t provide the identity of his girlfriend, but People found that the name of the woman was Jewel Brangman. The 26-year-old model and gymnastics coach died in 2014 after her rented Honda Civic hit the rear of a van. Both Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would later determine that the airbag in Brangman’s car deployed too forcefully, sending shards of metal throughout the vehicle and killing her.
The defective Takata airbags are filled with a chemical known as ammonium nitrate. When this chemical is exposed to moisture, that increases the chances that the airbag will explode with too much force. Brangman’s father would later file a wrongful death lawsuit against not only Takata and Honda, but also the company that rented the Civic to his daughter.
At least 14 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been attributed to faulty Takata airbags.
Baron & Budd may be able to help if you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a defective Takata airbag. Give us a call at 866-633-2906 or complete our contact form to contact us online. We’ll listen to the details of your case and let you know what your potential legal options may be.